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The Ultimate Mahler Collection on Vinyl
This limited edition 22 LP set is the capstone of the seven-time Grammy® award winning Mahler Recording Project, recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall from 2001-2009.
 
Over 18 hours of music!
 
The sets are numbered, with a limited run of 500. Each of the 22 LPs are 180g vinyl housed in luxuriously designed gatefold jackets. A hard bound book featuring extensive liner notes, bios, and texts in three languages is also included in the set.

Our price: $749.00
Keeping Score: Mahler (2-Disc DVD or Blu-ray)
 Now Available on 2-Disc DVD and Blu-ray
 
From the sounds outside his bedroom window—a kind of sonic goulash of military marches, ethnic dance bands, church bells, ritual prayer, and nature itself—Gustav Mahler created an entire universe of emotion in music. In an astonishingly productive twenty-five years, he fashioned ten symphonies and 45 songs of cosmic scale, great beauty, and jarring emotional twists and turns. And he did it all in the brief moments he could spare from his day job as one of Europe’s preeminent conductors. In Gustav Mahler: Origins and Legacy, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the provincial Austro-Hungarian city of Mahler’s childhood, and bears witness to his grand achievements, great sorrows, and daring musical explorations into the depths of the human soul. Join MTT and the San Francisco Symphony as they trace Mahler’s rise as a young conductor, his career-crowning appointments in Vienna and New York, his turbulent marriage and the sudden, tragic death of his daughter—and show how his stormy inner life inspired new and ever-more heartbreaking heights of creativity.
 
This two-DVD set features one disc containing two concert performances, with Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler Symphony No. 1 and “A Mahler Journey,” and one disc with the 1 hour, 53-minute theatrical version of the documentary, which encompasses both the Origins and Legacy segments. Both the documentary and the concert performances are captured in full High Definition.
 
Disc 1
Gustav Mahler: Origins
The first of two episodes explores the roots of Gustav Mahler’s music. SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas journeys to rural Bohemia to rediscover the inspirations of Mahler’s music, and traces Mahler’s life through the premiere of his first symphony in 1888. It shocked the contemporary audience, but as MTT and the San Francisco Symphony reveal, on location and in performance, this ground-breaking symphony contains elements of everything else that Mahler composed. Shot on location in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and in performance in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall.
 
Gustav Mahler: Legacy
In part two of Keeping Score: Mahler, MTT examines Mahler’s creative growth, from the 1890s to his death at the age of 51 on May 18, 1911, including his symphonies, the Rückert songs and Das Lied von der Erde. The show charts Mahler’s mercurial career as a conductor, from the Vienna Opera to Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as his tempestuous relationship with his wife Alma. At Mahler’s simple grave in a Grinzing cemetery, MTT explains why Mahler has so profoundly affected his own life. Shot on location in the Czech Republic, Austria, New York, and in performance in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall.
 
Disc 2
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major in Concert
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Titan. The program was taped as part of the SFS’s Mahler Festival in Davies Symphony Hall in September and October of 2009.
 
"A Mahler Journey"
This concert includes the pivotal repertoire explored in "Gustav Mahler: Legacy." World-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson, a noted interpreter of Mahler’s songs, is featured performing Songs of a Wayfarer. The program also includes Mahler’s famous and poignant love song, Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, the Scherzo from Symphony No. 7 in E minor and the Rondo Burleske from Symphony No. 9 in D major. The program was taped as part of the SFS’s Mahler Festival in Davies Symphony Hall in September and October of 2009.
 
Presented in High Definition 16:9 widescreen and 5.1 surround sound or 7.1 Dolby TrueHD.

Our price: $34.99
The Mahler Project Complete CD Box Set (17-Disc Hybrid SACD set)
SKU: 9600
 
This set's recordings have been awarded a combined 7 Grammy® Awards!
 
Introducing The Mahler Project Complete CD Box Set. For the first time ever, all twelve recordings from the esteemed SFS Media/Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler Project are available in a single Hybrid SACD Box Set. Newly packaged in a sleek, compact box, The Mahler Project Complete CD Box Set contains Hybird SACDs of all of Mahler's Symphonies and Songs as recorded by the San Francisco Symphony, with original liner notes compiled into one complete easy to navigate 324-page book. 

Our price: $175.00
Mahler Song Cycle: Das Lied von der Erde & Das klagende Lied & Songs With Orchestra - 3 for 2 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 10970
 
Limited Time Offer: 3 CDs for the price of 2!
 
Price: $68.85  $44.90
 
Collection Includes:
 
Mahler: Songs With Orchestra
 
Here is Mahler the enchanter. The selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn are the composer’s take on folk tunes, playful and touching. The Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) tell of young love lost. And the Rückert settings are, in a word, gorgeous. Hear Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson, two of today’s great Mahler singers, as they join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in this final album of the award-winning MTT/SFS Mahler cycle.

“Graham was characteristically poised and radiant. The American mezzo-soprano lent her full, lustrous tone, regal bearing, and keen sensitivity to these uniquely beautiful songs, beginning here with “Liebst du um Schönheit” (If you love because of beauty), conducted with great sensitivity by Tilson Thomas and limned by Graham’s lovely, rounded projection of the text.”
-    Georgia Rowe, San Francisco Classical Voice

“Hampson and the orchestra probed the music for all the pity and terror they conveyed…. Hampson's singing [of the last song] was as robust and mellifluous as ever, and he projected all the bite and tenderness of Mahler's melodies flawlessly. “
-    Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle


CD Contents:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen:
1. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
2. Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld
3. Ich hab' ein glühend Messer
4. Die zwei blauen Augen

Rückert-Lieder:   
5. Ich atmet' einen linden Duft
6. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder
7. Liebst du um Schönheit
8. Um Mitternacht
9. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn:
10. Lied des Verfolgten im Turm
11. Der Tamboursg'sell
12. Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
13. Revelge
14. Urlicht


San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Rückert-Lieder September 16-20, 2009
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen September 23, 25-26, 2009
Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn May 10-13, 2007

 

 
Das Lied von der Erde
 
Mahler was a great symphonist and a great songwriter. In his “song-symphony” Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”), these two strands of his genius are intertwined. Here Mahler summons all his orchestral and vocal imagination, taking us to the heart of ancient Chinese poems that praise life’s joys and lament life’s brevity. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony, with tenor Stuart Skelton and world-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson.
 
“…Thomas and the orchestra have rarely sounded so assured or dynamic in their command of Mahler’s late style.”      
                       – San Francisco Chronicle
 
“…dazzling… Hampson 's utter mastery of music and text made this performance one to cherish.”
San Jose Mercury News
 
 
Track List:
 
  1. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde                         
  2.  Der Einsame im Herbst
  3. Von der Jugend
  4. Von der Schönheit
  5. Der Trunkene im Frühling
  6. Der Abschied

 Total Length 63:20

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Stuart Skelton, tenor
Thomas Hampson, baritone

Recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall September 26-29, 2007

 

Das klagende Lied

"Tilson Thomas's objective, transparent approach suits this piece well. The orchestral playing is warm, the chorus work is spirited and the soloists are excellent "- The Times (U.K.)

Part I (Waldmärchen/Forest Tale):

A beautiful, proud queen has conceded that she will give herself as wife to whichever knight finds a certain red flower in the forest, a flower as lovely as herself. Two brothers set out to find that flower; the younger is sweet in manner and handsome, the elder “could only utter curses.” The younger brother finds the flower, then lies down to sleep. Discovering him, the older brother kills him, takes the flower, and claims his prize.

Part II (Der Spielman/The Wandering Musician):

A musician wandering through the forest finds a gleaming bone and fashions a flute from it. When he plays his new instrument, it sings the tale of the murder. The minstrel decides he must seek out the queen.

Part III (Hochzeitsstück/Wedding Piece):

At the wedding feast for the queen and murderer‑knight, the minstrel plays his flute, which tells its tale. The new king seizes the flute and puts it to his own lips, where it accuses him directly. The queen faints, the guests flee, and the walls of the castle collapse.

Ist Movement: Waldmärchen. Langsam und träumerisch 30:25
2nd Movement: Der Spielmann. Sehr gehalten 16:55
3rd Movement: Hochzeitsstück. Heftig bewegt 19:39


San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Marina Shaguch, soprano Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano Thomas Moser, tenor Sergei Leiferkus, baritone
Vance George, chorus director
San Francisco Symphony Chorus

Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco,
May 29-31 and June 2, 1996

Our price: $45.90
Mahler Songs With Orchestra (Hybrid SACD)
The final installment in the Award-Winning Mahler Cycle.

Here is Mahler the enchanter. The selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn are the composer’s take on folk tunes, playful and touching. The Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) tell of young love lost. And the Rückert settings are, in a word, gorgeous. Hear Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson, two of today’s great Mahler singers, as they join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in this final album of the award-winning MTT/SFS Mahler cycle.

Our price: $22.95
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 9715 
 
Ranked #3 on Billboard Charts when released in March 2003.
"The new recording is a triumph that promises to set the standard for the entire cycle to come.... The orchestra sounds better here than it ever has on disc.... The results are breathtaking."

- San Francisco Chronicle

The SFS and MTT present Mahler's Symphony No. 1, their second recording of the complete Mahler Symphony cycle. This powerful and passionate performance of Mahler's "Titan" follows the universally acclaimed recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 6, which topped the Billboard classical chart within the first week of its release. Recorded during the SFS concerts of September 19-23, 2001, this newest addition to the Mahler cycle captures the live-performance excitement of the Grammy-winning conductor-symphony partnership that the Los Angeles Times has declared "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."

This disc was recorded using Sony Direct Stream Digital technology and released on the SACD hybrid format, featuring 5.1 channel Super Audio playback. It will play on all current standard CD players, as well as on Super Audio CD players.

 

Track List:

  1. 1st Movement: Langsam. Schleppend.
    (Slow. Dragging.)
  2. 2nd Movement: Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell.
    (With powerful movement, but not too fast)
  3. 3rd Movement: Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
    (Solemn and measured, without dragging)
  4. 4th Movement: Stürmisch bewegt
    (With violent movement)

Our price: $18.98
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (2 Hybrid SACD set)
SKU: 4038
 
2003 Grammy® Award winner for Best Orchestral Performance!
 
 
"The cathartic power of music - to howl, to grieve, and ultimately to console - has never seemed so miraculous."

- The San Francisco Chronicle

"Michael Tilson Thomas' frighteningly intense performance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony is the ... real standout among the [Grammy] winners."

- the Los Angeles Times
 

The SFS and MTT present their first recording of the complete Mahler Symphony cycle. Each of Mahler's nine symphonies is a drama, and Michael Tilson Thomas is among the foremost interpreters of these episodes. Last fall, the SFS and MTT began their five-season project of recording all the Mahler Symphonies and the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth, live.

The first installment is Symphony No. 6. Sometimes called the "Tragic" Symphony, the Sixth shows Mahler at his most devastating, and many think of this music, first heard in 1906, as a prophecy of the horrors of the century to come. This recording was made at the SFS concerts of September 12-15, 2001, immediately following the events of September 11 and captures a passionate response to that day.

This disc was recorded using Sony Direct Stream Digital technology and released on the SACD hybrid format, featuring 4 channel Super Audio playback. It will play on all current standard CD players, as well as on Super Audio CD players. It is also available in the Symphony Store at Davies Symphony Hall and record stores everywhere.

 

Track List:

Disc 1:

  1.   1st Movement—Allegro energico, ma non troppo.
  2.   2nd Movement—Scherzo: Wuchtig.
  3.   3rd Movement—Andante moderato.

Disc 2:

  4.   4th Movement—Finale: Allegro moderato—Allegro energico.

Listen before you buy. Click on the links below to hear sound samples.


Our price: $27.95
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 and the Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (Hybrid SACD)

Winner of three Grammys®! Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Engineered Classical Album

"...this promises to be a triumphant capstone to the entire cycle." -San Francisco Chronicle

Mahler's immense creation-featuring hundreds of musicians, three choruses, and soloists-is a symphony so epic in scope that it has been dubbed the "Symphony of A Thousand." Mahler's Eighth—a tale of damnation and salvation—is quintessentially a romantic work, but it owes a great debt to the towering Baroque choral works of J.S. Bach.


Our price: $27.95
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 6003
  
"Tilson Thomas and the SFS are unflinching in their exploration of the work, with playing that is breathtaking in both its virtuosity and interpretive command... Grade A"

- Fort Worth Star Telegram
 

"The case can be made that the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas is currently the U.S.'s finest symphonic institution."

- The Absolute Sound

Mahler's Fifth Symphony is all about action.

It's his breakthrough work--a "foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound," he called it, a work of "dancing stars." The famed Adagietto was inspired by Mahler's love for his young wife Alma. Hear Mahler 5 recorded live by the SFS and MTT, the partnership that the Los Angeles Times calls "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."

Anthony Tommasini declares the recording "incisive and dramatic" in his New York Times review.

Track list:

  1. Trauermarsch
  2. Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz
  3. Scherzo
  4. Adagietto, sehr langsam
  5. Rondo-Finale, allegro

Total Length 73:21:02

 

Mahler Symphony No. 5 was officially released on October 10, 2006.


Our price: $22.95
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Hybrid SACD)
Mahler was a great symphonist and a great songwriter. In his “song-symphony” Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”), these two strands of his genius are intertwined. Here Mahler summons all his orchestral and vocal imagination, taking us to the heart of ancient Chinese poems that praise life’s joys and lament life’s brevity. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony, with tenor Stuart Skelton and world-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson.
 
“…Thomas and the orchestra have rarely sounded so assured or dynamic in their command of Mahler’s late style.”      
                       San Francisco Chronicle
 
“…dazzling… Hampson 's utter mastery of music and text made this performance one to cherish.”
San Jose Mercury News
 
 
 
 
Read Richard Scheinin’s San Jose Mercury News feature on the live concert recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at Davies Symphony Hall in September 2007, and explore photographs, audio clips, and video footage from the recording week.
 
Track List:
  1. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde                         
  2.  Der Einsame im Herbst
  3. Von der Jugend
  4. Von der Schönheit
  5. Der Trunkene im Frühling
  6. Der Abschied

 Total Length 63:20

 

San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Stuart Skelton, tenor

Thomas Hampson, baritone

 

Recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall September 26-29, 2007

Our price: $22.95
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